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Archive for January 26th, 2011

What would it take to be adored by the ‘in’ crowd….

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

If I wished to be cheered by the hateful, adored by those who hold the truth in contempt, and praised for my tolerance and civility in the elite media, all I would have to do is accuse Sarah Palin of being an accessory to murder. – Chuck Norton

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More Regulatory Abuse: Obama uses ‘green’ emissions standards to push truckers into Teamsters union

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

The Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama’s administration is using new “environmental standards” to force independent owner-operator truckers into becoming part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a union that gave more than $2 million to Democrats in the last two election cycles.

By increasing the number of “green” requirements truckers have to comply with in order to get into some major United States ports — like Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland — the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are helping push previously independent truckers into companies, which then makes them vulnerable to unionization or, in many cases, forced to join a union. As these aren’t administrative laws from the EPA per se, trucks that don’t fit this new “green” standard, which is meeting at least 2007 EPA emissions levels, are still allowed to operate throughout the country. But each of the major port authorities won’t let them in if they don’t fit the new environmental regulations, which would force many independent truckers out of business if they resist since many truckers depend on business from the ports to survive.

Alex Cherin, an attorney who represents a trucker advocacy group opposed to these forced unionization attempts, told The Daily Caller the Teamsters have been trying to get independent truckers classified as employees of a company for years because “under federal labor law, they [the Teamsters] cannot unionize independent contractors.”

“They [the Teamsters] see this as their window of opportunity,” Cherin said in a phone interview. “They know that most drivers want to stay independent contractors to keep their freedom, but that many can’t afford these new ‘green trucks.’ They want to piggyback their agenda onto an environmental initiative.”

Cherin said the Teamsters has been pushing unionization more and more lately, and it has “really heated up with the ‘green trucks’ program.” He said that the air in Southern California is cleaner as a result of the program, but that this is really a unionizing effort disguised in a “green” initiative.

Americans for Limited Government spokesman Rick Manning said this effort is definitely driven by labor unions, especially since the leader of the Teamsters, Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., is pushing it.

Hoffa, Jr., the current president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and son of the infamously “disappeared” union boss Jimmy Hoffa, alluded to his real intent with the program while advocating on behalf of the new “green truck” rules in a Huffington Post blog.

“We want the trucking companies to buy and maintain clean new trucks,” Hoffa, Jr. wrote in March 2010. “We also want them to pay their truck drivers a fair wage and the employment taxes that go with it. The trucking companies would prefer the federal government protect them from those obligations.”

These new “green trucks” cost more than $100,000 and, to meet the “green” requirements, truckers have to join companies and, by extension, the Teamsters union.

The “green trucks” program, which critics say is all about re-classifying independent truckers as employees of a company, fits in with the Obama administration’s Department of Labor’s assault on the profession as well. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis hired more than 100 new “investigators” for the Wage and Hour division. Those investigators handle, among other things, “misclassification” cases, or seek out independent truckers and other independent contractors to investigate whether they think they should be “classified” as such.

T.J. Michels, a spokeswoman for a coalition of groups in favor of these port policies, including the Teamsters, confirmed for TheDC that they have two major goals with their port policies: clean up the air around the ports and stop “misclassification” of truckers as independent contractors.

“It’s misclassification that’s going on, which allows companies to cheat on taxes and take advantage of workers,” Michels said. “The whole reason the old rigs were polluting in the first place is because the wrong people were paying for them.”

Solis has denied TheDC’s several requests for interviews, as has Labor Solicitor Patricia Smith, who is behind most of the Department of Labor’s forced unionization regulation policies.

 

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Obama’s own Medicare Actuary more confident in Paul Ryan’s ‘Road Map’ cost controls than Obama’s health law

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

Daily Caller:

The government’s chief actuary for Medicare spending on Wednesday said he had more confidence that Republican Paul Ryan’s plan to reform entitlements would drive down health-care costs than President Obama’s recently passed overhaul.

Richard S. Foster, the chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, made the comment in response to questions from lawmakers during House Budget Committee hearing.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat from Maryland, went on the attack against committee chairman Paul Ryan’s “Road Map” plan, which is a long-term proposal to make entitlement spending solvent.

Van Hollen pressed Foster on whether Ryan’s plan would work, prompting Foster to point out that one of the biggest problems in health care now is that most new technology that is developed increases costs rather than decreasing it.

“If there’s a way to turn around the mindset for the people who do the research and development … to get them to focus more on cost-reducing tech and less on cost increasing technology, if you can do that then one of biggest components of [increasing costs] turns to your side,” Foster said. “If you can put that pressure on the research and development community, you might have fighting chance of changing the nature of new medical technology in a way that makes lower cost levels possible.”

Foster said: “The Road Map has that potential. There is some potential for the Affordable Care Act price reductions, though I’m a little less confident about that.”

The thinking behind Foster’s comment is that a voucher system would reduce the amount of government money available for health care over time, causing consumers to shop around and creating an incentive in the health-care sector to compete for those dollars.

In a brief interview outside the House chamber later in the day, Ryan explained it this way: “There’s only going to be so much money for health care because the economy can only support so much … So is it better spent through the person in a competitive marketplace or through the government under increasing price controls and pressure?”

“If you go through the century, these entitlements consume all money. The GAO calculation assumes Congress is going to wise up and cut back on these programs because people will decide they don’t want 100 percent of their discretionary income going to health care. They want some for food and some for shelter and some for other things. So there will be a curtailment of health care spending in the future,” Ryan said. “The question is which curtailment gets you the better results at going after the cause of health inflation: consumer pressure or government price controls.”

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Malkin Blasts Corrupt Global Warming Czar

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

Michele Malkin:

The Obama Culture of Corruption won’t be the same without her. But the question is: While lying, eco-radical czar Carol Browner may be stepping down (Politico has the scoop), does it really mean she’s stepping out of the inner circle?

Word has it she may have lost out to health care czar Nancy DeParle for the coveted deputy chief of staff position (As I’ve previously reported, DeParle’s got her own set of baggage).

In any case, it’s a Pyrrhic victory unless the Republicans are able to hold her accountable for all her dirty green deeds.

My archives are stuffed with Browner’s power-grabbing, transparency-undermining, science-distorting antics that stretch across two Democratic administrations. She and her energy lobbyist husband Thomas Downey are immovable Beltway fixtures — and it looks like she has no plans to leave D.C.

More via NYT:

Carol Browner, who has served as President Obama’s top environmental adviser in the White House, will leave the administration soon, a senior White House official said Monday night. Carol Browner, White House director of energy and climate change policy, in December.Alex Wong/Getty Images Carol Browner, White House director of energy and climate change policy, in December.

Ms. Browner had been viewed as a close adviser to Mr. Obama in the White House. A veteran who was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Clinton, her name was floated as a possible candidate for a deputy chief of staff when Rahm Emanuel departed to run for mayor of Chicago.

But that talk faded after Mr. Emanuel’s job went to William Daley, another cabinet secretary under Mr. Clinton. And Ms. Browner’s chief portfolio — climate change — appears headed toward the back burner in the wake of the Republican gains last fall.

In a news conference just days after the November elections, Mr. Obama all but conceded defeat on his efforts — led by Ms. Browner — to get a comprehensive energy bill through the Congress.

 

Proving they live in Bizarro World, the Times performs this nifty bit of P.R. work on Browner’s behalf:

Ms. Browner was praised for her work during the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last summer, a performance that was said to have increased her stature in Mr. Obama’s White House.

 

WHO praised her — other than the NYTimes, I mean?

An increasing number of Democrats have raised their voices against Browner’s War on Carbon.

She infamously bullied auto execs to never put down anything in writing ever.

Obama’s own oil spill commission singled out Browner for misleading the public and “contributing to the perception that the government’s findings were more exact than they actually were.”

And her BP data doctoring was under fire by both Senate and House Republicans.

The GOP must not let her slip out the door quietly without answering for her abuse of power under oath and in the full light of public hearings.

I’ll withhold my usual “DLTDHYOTWO” until such time.

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Translation of Obama’s SOTU ‘Five’ Pillars

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

As a follow up to our live blogging to President Obama’s State of the Union address a translation of the five pillars seems in order.

“Making sure we are competitive and creating jobs” sounds great, but we have heard that before. We have also heard it after every bill that turns out to be a power grab that fails the economy he says “OK now we will focus on jobs.” So far he is doing a great job of shutting down energy production and sending “green jobs” funds to China.

Innovation:

Forbid drilling, closing more coal mines, forbid nuclear plant licencing, no new natural gas, more solar panel factories chased out of the country,  more low cost loans to foreign countries so THEY can drill more, more Mexican, Cuban and Chinese oil wells just off our shores, more EPA caps on our refineries.  More expensive energy.

The solution? The joke that is now called the Chevy Volt.  Poisonous and expensive twisty light bulbs, expensive solar and wind power that can’t do the industrial heavy lifting we need.

Education:

More government programs and bureaucrats, more tax dollars thrown at teachers unions. More sabotaging of voucher programs. More outrageous reporting requirements. More failed schools. More students left behind.

Information:

More online databases of your information such as medical records. Privacy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)?

Infrastructure:

Make work programs for unions in cities, like the high speed raid Obama mentioned.  Corruption: Stimulus Funds Spent in Democrat Districts…

Deficit Reduction:

Keep repeating the lie that ObamaCare lowers the deficit.  Raise taxes.

Government Reform:

Rule by executive order. Bypass Congress and put the czar’s to work. Abuse the regulatory and permit process for social engineering.

UPDATE – someone finally noticed, the speech seemed to have six pillars, as opposed to the five that was told to the press in the White House previews of the speech. Of course a commenter below didn’t catch on to this and blamed us for the mistake.

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Mike Pence response to SOTU

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

Notice he says the same thing we did in our live blog about the spending freeze.

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Gov. Palin’s response to the State of the Union

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

It was quite similar to our comments when we live blogged it.

Gov. Palin:

While I don’t wish to speak too harshly about President Obama’s state of the union address, we live in challenging times that call for candor. I call them as I see them, and I hope my frank assessment will be taken as an honest effort to move this conversation forward.

Last night, the president spoke of the “credibility gap” between the public’s expectations of their leaders and what those leaders actually deliver. “Credibility gap” is a good way to describe the chasm between rhetoric and reality in the president’s address. The contradictions seemed endless.

He called for Democrats and Republicans to “work through our differences,” but last year he dismissed any notion of bipartisanship when he smugly told Republicans, “I won.”

He talked like a Washington “outsider,” but he runs Washington! He’s had everything any president could ask for – an overwhelming majority in Congress and a fawning press corps that feels tingles every time he speaks. There was nothing preventing him from pursuing “common sense” solutions all along. He didn’t pursue them because they weren’t his priorities, and he spent his speech blaming Republicans for the problems caused by his own policies.

He dared us to “let him know” if we have a better health care plan, but he refused to allow Republicans in on the negotiations or consider any ideas for real free market and patient-centered reforms. We’ve been “letting him know” our ideas for months from the town halls to the tea parties, but he isn’t interested in listening. Instead he keeps making the nonsensical claim that his massive trillion-dollar health care bill won’t increase the deficit.

Americans are suffering from job losses and lower wages, yet the president practically demanded applause when he mentioned tax cuts, as if allowing people to keep more of their own hard-earned money is an act of noblesse oblige. He claims that he cut taxes, but I must have missed that. I see his policies as paving the way for massive tax increases and inflation, which is the “hidden tax” that most hurts the poor and the elderly living on fixed incomes.

He condemned lobbyists, but his White House is filled with former lobbyists, and this has been a banner year for K Street with his stimulus bill, aka the Lobbyist’s Full Employment Act. He talked about a “deficit of trust” and the need to “do our work in the open,” but he chased away the C-SPAN cameras and cut deals with insurance industry lobbyists behind closed doors.

He spoke of doing what’s best for the next generation and not leaving our children with a “mountain of debt,” but under his watch this year, government spending is up by 22%, and his budget will triple our national debt.

He spoke of a spending freeze, but doesn’t he realize that each new program he’s proposing comes with a new price tag? A spending freeze is a nice idea, but it doesn’t address the root cause of the problem. We need a comprehensive examination of the role of government spending. The president’s deficit commission is little more than a bipartisan tax hike committee, lending political cover to raise taxes without seriously addressing the problem of spending.

He condemned bailouts, but he voted for them and then expanded and extended them. He praised the House’s financial reform bill, but where was Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in that bill? He still hasn’t told us when we’ll be getting out of the auto and the mortgage industries. He praised small businesses, but he’s spent the past year as a friend to big corporations and their lobbyists, who always find a way to make government regulations work in their favor at the expense of their mom & pop competitors.

He praised the effectiveness of his stimulus bill, but then he called for another one – this time cleverly renamed a “jobs bill.” The first stimulus was sold to us as a jobs bill that would keep unemployment under 8%. We now have double digit unemployment with no end in sight. Why should we trust this new “jobs bill”?

He talked about “making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development,” but apparently it’s still too tough for his Interior Secretary to move ahead with Virginia’s offshore oil and gas leases. If they’re dragging their feet on leases, how long will it take them to build “safe, clean nuclear power plants”? Meanwhile, he continued to emphasize “green jobs,” which require massive government subsidies for inefficient technologies that can’t survive on their own in the real world of the free market.

He spoke of supporting young girls in Afghanistan who want to go to school and young women in Iran who courageously protest in the streets, but where were his words of encouragement to the young girls of Afghanistan in his West Point speech? And where was his support for the young women of Iran when they were being gunned down in the streets of Tehran?

Despite speaking for over an hour, the president only spent 10% of his speech on foreign policy, and he left us with many unanswered questions. Does he still think trying the 9/11 terrorists in New York is a good idea? Does he still think closing Gitmo is a good idea? Does he still believe in Mirandizing terrorists after the Christmas bomber fiasco? Does he believe we’re in a war against terrorists, or does he think this is just a global crime spree? Does he understand that the first priority of our government is to keep our country safe?

In his address last night, the president once again revealed that there’s a fundamental disconnect between what the American people expect from their government, and what he wants to deliver. He’s still proposing failed top-down big government solutions to our problems. Instead of smaller, smarter government, he’s taken a government that was already too big and supersized it.

Real private sector jobs are created when taxes are low, investment is high, and people are free to go about their business without the heavy hand of government. The president thinks innovation comes from government subsidies. Common sense conservatives know innovation comes from unleashing the creative energy of American entrepreneurs.

Everything seems to be “unexpected” to this administration: unexpected job losses; unexpected housing numbers; unexpected political losses in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey. True leaders lead best when confronted with the unexpected. But instead of leading us, the president lectured us. He lectured Wall Street; he lectured Main Street; he lectured Congress; he even lectured our Supreme Court Justices.

He criticized politicians who “wage a perpetual campaign,” but he gave a campaign speech instead of a state of the union address. The campaign is over, and President Obama now has something that candidate Obama never had: an actual track record in office. We now can see the failed policies behind the flowery words. If Americans feel as cynical as the president suggests, perhaps it’s because the audacity of his recycled rhetoric no longer inspires hope.

Real leadership requires results. Real hope lies in the ingenuity, generosity, and boundless courage of the American people whose voices are still not being heard in Washington.

– Sarah Palin

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Rep. Michelle Bachmann Delivers Tea Party Response to State of the Union

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

Nicely done.

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Rep. Paul Ryan Gives Republican Response to State of the Union Address

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

Details.

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Conversation with an aspiring elite media journalist

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Sen. Rand Paul: State of the Union Response

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

Definitely the best response yet.

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Jackie Walorski response to State of the Union.

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Chuck Norton’s Live Blog on the State of the Union

Posted by iusbvision on January 26, 2011

Chuck Norton live blogged the SOTU on Facebook. It was information that you will not want to miss.

1 – I am listening to the SOTU, Race to the Top is a disaster. It’s reporting requirements are massive and complex thus keeping many of our administrators and resources working for the federal government.

This is what we had to say before about Race to the Top:

Governor Christie shows us just what a mess the federal education bureaucracy has become

2 – Wow, listen to him describe “We eliminated tax subsidies to banks” in regards to student loans – No he nationalized the student loan industry….

3 – Obama is not being straight about pat downs at train stations as TSA has said is coming. Also high speed rail has proven to be a money sink boondoggle in most places it has been tried in the United States.

4 – More green energy boondoggles sure to make china wealthier just like it has so far. In the mean time we have trillions in energy wealth that the government keeps off limits.

Related:

Obama arbitrarily revoking coal mining permits, putting people out of work, raising energy costs.

Gas prices up 55% under Obama

Press Grilled Bush When Gas Hit $3.00 – Nada for Obama… UPDATED!

API: Recent Studies Show Obama Drilling Moratorium Will Cost 50,000 Jobs; 160,000 by 2032.

CPI: Big Polluters Freed from Environmental Oversight by Stimulus (government picking winners and losers)

Little Truth in President’s Oil Spill Comments

SCANDAL – Administration lies about conclusion by expert panel to ban off shore drilling. “We never said that” expert panelists say. Obama still refusing skimmer ships from foreign countries….

Another Lie: Obama now fully reversed on offshore drilling.

5- Wow, listen to him describe “We eliminated tax subsidies to banks” in regards to student loans – No he nationalized the student loan industry….

6 – Oh the rail will have the pat down as TSA has said is coming. Also high speed rail has proven to be a money sink boondoggle in most places it has been tried in the United States. High speed rail is the answer to a question the American people are not asking.

7 – Obama is talking about lobbyists and unfair gaming of the system by well connected businesses, the problem is that his administration has been the most guilty of this as any in modern history. Just go to my blog site and in the search pane type in “lobbyist” to get about two dozen articles showing you just that. THIS is a good post to start with that has many links. I have two categories covering this issue. Corporatism and Big Bizz Loves Big Govt.

Related:

More Obama Administration Ethics issues – White House Lowers Lobbying Restrictions – Breaking Campaign Promise Again

 

8 – A review of government regulations that get in the way. Sounds great, but he is the one who has abused this problem more than anyone in recent history. Ahem…… ObamaCare, creating a niche market for AARP in the Medicare Advantage industry while other competitors got screwed. The Food Regulation Bill that sticks it to smaller farms and food producers, the Financial Reform bill which was a huge power grab. Using the EPA to force cap & trade.

Sarbanes Oxley which has proved to be terribly expensive and ineffective etc etc etc…

Related:

Corrupt AARP Health Care Deal Puts Seniors at Risk

CBO: Obama is wrong, cuts in Medicare will result in benefit cuts. The corrupt AARP angle. UPDATED!

9 – Unwilling to cover those with pre-existing conditions – Ahem they way ObamaCare does it creates what is called an “adverse selection spiral” that breaks the risk pools and sends insurance prices skyrocketing and drives carries out of covering certain higher risk areas. See our health care roundup posts for all of the details.  A better way to to handle pre-existing conditions is to have states and the feds create competing high risk insurance pools that are partially subsidized. This would be WAY WAY cheaper and more effective then the current obamacare solution and solve the problem.

10 – Freeze spending? Are you kidding Obama? Deficit spending is 10 times what it was in 2007 (LINK 1, 2). Democrats have increased the base line budgets of most federal agencies by up to 25%. To freeze it would lock in that higher spending in perpetuity. We cant afford that and it is a recipe for disaster. We need to cut back to 2007 or 08 levels.

11 – Oh here we go on the tax cuts – umm under those tax cuts government revenue skyrocketed. The wealthy and productive can just plop their money in a tax deferred account and not move it. Only by incentivising economic activity will the government get more tax revenue from the producer class and the wealthy class. This is why his own deficit commission recommended lowering tax rates and complexity across the board. For more on how progressives do tax cuts and how they REALLY work check out my note here as it is a first good step in understanding what happens when they get their way – http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150137407293378

12 -Put legislation online?? We had that promise before and it was shattered regularly – just like putting health care talks on C-Span.

Related:

Obama breaks 5 days pledge to place bills online for the public to see

13 – Transparency – wow folks – Saul Alinsky lives on. If you wish to see samples of the Obama record on transparency here it is –  https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/page/2/?s=transparency

Obama Administration implemented policy to have political appointees review all FOIA requests….

Heritage: Obama Breaks Transparency Promise Yet Again

More on transparency: 

14 – Transition to an Afghan lead, I hope so, but that government is a mess. Is this code speak for pulling the plug and walking? We did that after we helped kicked the Soviets out. We left and let the fledgling Northern Alliance on its own only to get invaded by the Taliban which came from Pakistan in the early 1990’s….. and we all know hat that led to.

15 – START would never have been passed if it were not in a lame duck session. It was another slanted against the United States bad deal. I don’t care if you like Governor Palin or not, but she is right about the START Treaty. She correctly states that it undermines our missile defense which Reagan fought so hard for. This makes it harder for us to defend against rogue states.

Related:

Ambassador John Bolton explains why the New START Treaty with Russia is a bad deal for America

Palin to Senate: Vote NO on START

16 – So far it seems like SOTU is a repeat of many of the promises made and broken in 2008 (2).

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